A transfer allows the rider of a public transportation vehicle who pays for a single-trip fare to continue the trip on another bus or train.[1] Depending on the network, there may or may not be an additional fee for the transfer.[2] Historically, transfers may have been stamped or hole-punched with the time, date, and direction of travel to prevent their use for a return trip. More recently, magnetic or barcoded tickets may be recorded (as on international flights) or ticket barriers may only charge on entry and exit to a larger system (as on modern underground rail networks).

Fare cards will reduce or eliminate the need for transfers as the holder can validate a change in the direction of travel.


  1. ^ "How-To Guide: Paying your fare". Chicago Transit Authority. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Fare Information: Transfers". Minnesota Valley Transit Authority. Retrieved 14 April 2014.